1) All that God has done for the children of Israel, by delivering them out of Egypt. Shortly after they started complaining. What little faith!
2) God provides us with what we need, but not always what we want.
3) Doing the will of God, is not always easy, but if we do as God says, we will be well taken care of.
God told Moses to tell the Israelites to obey him & keep his covenant. Then they shall b a peculiar treasure unto the Lord a holy nation. Ten Commandments: strict laws for the ppl. & their livestock. God’s city of refuge. No more school master. So grateful for Jesus & His saving grace.
Oops! Comments for chapters 19 & 20. Thx!
I continued my study via Leviticus 19. So, Chpt. 18 dealt with God’s people being holy in their sexual behavior, and now Chpt. 19 is dealing with them being holy in their social ethics–respect parents, observe the Lord’s Day, avoid idolatry, be benevolent to the poor, live honest treat everyone the same, serve God before your serve yourself, avoid heathen practices (including sorcery, tattooing the body as a memorial to the dead, and pimping your daughters out as prostitutes), avoid consulting psychics, respect the elderly, don’t become the oppressor you were delivered from, and always deal fairly. God’s people were to make holiness a lifestyle.
I would say, so far, “holiness” is the theme of Leviticus. I have read some version of “be ye holy for I am holy” over and over, seemingly in every chapter….including this one. For as often as He had chose to repeat it in this one Book alone (so far), it’s as though God was earnestly trying to get His people to see/know/understand/appreciate the true caliber of people they were. They weren’t just any people. They were people of a promise, and needed to start owning that in their mindset, actions, and lifestyle. He was trying to bring them out of that slave mentality their society had ingrained in them, so they could get away from following after the ways of their oppressors. THEY were the ones to be followed, as they followed Him.
Which brings me to my takeaway: As God’s people, we must take ownership of our value and self-worth, stop living below our spiritual means, and stop blocking our blessings [individually and as a congregation of people]. Live a life in oneness with God–holy…pure…separated from sin–and actually find enjoyment and fulfillment in doing so.
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